Need Opinions on these Floral Names!

Hiya berries! So, with your suggestions and with some research of my own I’ve come up with a new name list and could really feel like I need your help to sift through them and see which ones are better. This time around, I really want to go with a first name that fits better with Larkspur, because at this point I think her names sticks out in comparison to her siblings’ more cohesive and classic first names.

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f]: My trouble with this one is the [name_f]Mary[/name_f] wedged in the middle, though it doesn’t have the “[name_f]Mary[/name_f]” pronunciation. I have a [name_f]Theda[/name_f] [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] and [name_f]Maria[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f] already… Would it be overkill?

[name_f]Primrose[/name_f]: I love this one but would it be too repetitive since I have a daughter who’s middle name is [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]?

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]: I’m beginning to fall in love with [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] but worry it’s still too tame in comparison to Larkspur.

[name_f]Ornella[/name_f]: Awesome name, beautiful imagery, but other than the prospect of nickname [name_f]Nell[/name_f], doesn’t excite me as much.

[name_f]Delphine[/name_f]: Not precisely floral, but I think it’s more a person’s name than Delphinium. Could be a fun way to link this baby’s name with Larkspur since they’re different names for the same flower.

[name_f]Camellia[/name_f]: I love [name_f]Camellia[/name_f] because the flower is gorgeous and I love the Lady of the Camellias, [name_f]Violetta[/name_f] from La Traviata and [name_f]Camille[/name_f], the movie.

[name_f]Lavender[/name_f]: Am loving [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] more and more, but slightly concerned it’s too similar in sound to Larkspur, repeating initials is perfectly okay for us if it’s the right name.

[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]: I love [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f], always have. The floral tree, the fragrance and [name_u]Steel[/name_u] Magnolias, both versions. I love it!

[name_f]Petunia[/name_f]: Has been a GP for years, but who knows, mine could be the first [name_f]Petunia[/name_f] in generations lol.

Calendula: I absolutely love Calendula. It’s a lovely and simple little flower, bright yellow and orange. I have loved this name for a long time!

Another name I find myself liking a lot but which isn’t particularly floral is Belphoebe.

Help me out once again berries?

Ooh, you have got some great options!!! I have always liked [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] and truly would never have noticed the repetition of “mar.” I think this one works really well with the sibset, actually. I am starting to love [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] too but I would agree that Larkspur is a little more unexpected. [name_f]Camellia[/name_f] is my other favorite. The only downside might be confusion with [name_f]Camilla[/name_f], but I could definitely live with that to get [name_f]Camellia[/name_f]. I like [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] but I tend to agree it is just a little too similar to Larkspur. [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] is maybe a little closer to [name_f]Maria[/name_f]'s full name than I would prefer. Overall my two favorites for you are [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] and [name_f]Camellia[/name_f]. Good luck!

Edit: Originally I thought Delphine wasn’t “floral enough” but hearing all the love for it, plus the connection to Larkspur’s name, makes me love this one for you as well.

My favorites for you are [name_f]Petunia[/name_f] & [name_f]Ornella[/name_f].

[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] [name_f]Miriam[/name_f]
[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] [name_f]Frances[/name_f]
[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] [name_f]Molly[/name_f]
[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] [name_f]Francine[/name_f]
[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] [name_f]Emily[/name_f]
[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f]
[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] [name_f]Betsey[/name_f]
[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]
[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]

Belpheobe is actually a really cool name, kinda quirky but lovely!

I also like [name_f]Petunia[/name_f], [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] and [name_f]Delphine[/name_f].

[name_f]IMO[/name_f] [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] and [name_f]Primrose[/name_f] may be too close to your other girls names.

I like [name_f]Camellia[/name_f] and [name_f]Delphine[/name_f] best, just from their sounds.

[name_f]Primrose[/name_f] and [name_f]Delphine[/name_f] are my favourites for you — just lovely! [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] also works really well.

[name_f]Lavender[/name_f] is gorgeous but I think too close to Larkspur, and [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] I feel is a little close to [name_f]Maria[/name_f], especially taking her middle name into account.

Personally, I find the others pretty but rather too frilly and fussy for your set. I know your [name_f]Theda[/name_f] is [name_f]Theodora[/name_f] in full, but though long and feminine that still has a really spunky, headstrong vibe to me.

I like some of your middle name options from your signature a lot with this set — [name_f]Bluebell[/name_f] and [name_f]Maple[/name_f] especially. Or how about:


My favorites are Belphoebe and [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - I think [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] and [name_f]Primrose[/name_f] are close to sisters names

Amaranth - I don’t know if -mar- will be a problem here but since it is quirky compared to [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] it will balance Larkspur nicely

Belemir - not a Western name I know but finding a Turkish flower name that actually sounds like a name is really hard :smiley:
[name_f]Belle[/name_f]-eh-meer is how it is said and I think both [name_f]Belle[/name_f] and [name_f]Miri[/name_f] will make good nicknames, it means Cornflower :slight_smile:

Dianella - a name for flax lily and I love this name a lot. I love both [name_f]Diana[/name_f] and [name_f]Diane[/name_f] maybe that’s the reason?

[name_f]Jonquil[/name_f] - if you love daffodils but don’t like [name_f]Daffodil[/name_f] or [name_f]Narcissa[/name_f]/[name_m]Narcissus[/name_m] then [name_f]Jonquil[/name_f] is a great name to consider

Lunaria - is a name for money plant and it is a better name than money plant too - feels like it is a mixture of [name_f]Luna[/name_f] and [name_f]Aria[/name_f] two names that got popular a lot due to book characters

Matthiola - [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] is nice but I would love to talk about this gem here, with Dianella and Lunaria these three are part of my GP name list, I love [name_f]Mimosa[/name_f] too !

Ruellia - for Ruellia Tuberosa or Tubrose which has an amazing smell - sadly Sümbülteber can not cross international boundaries

@elifsu: Belemir, [name_f]Jonquil[/name_f], and Ruellia are gorgeous!!! I hope to hear them more often on NB.

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] - I don’t think the “mary” part is an issue here, since it doesn’t have the same pronunciation as in [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] or [name_f]Maria[/name_f]. Would be a nice fit with Larkspur.

[name_f]Primrose[/name_f] - A hair too repetitive, [name_f]IMO[/name_f]. It also has the same compound structure as Larkspur, but isn’t as adventurous or interesting. Maybe as a middle?

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - I don’t think it’s too tame in comparison to Larkspur at all! It probably feels tame-er to you than it is because it’s such a favorite here on the forums, but out in the real world it would be more striking.

[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] - I’m the opposite of you, I find this one soooo exciting! Would be stunning with your kids’ names—I like that it’s botanical like Larkspur, an unusual -A name like [name_f]Theda[/name_f], but has that “[name_f]Nell[/name_f]” part which is classic enough to match [name_f]Maria[/name_f]. The total package, [name_f]IMO[/name_f].

[name_f]Delphine[/name_f] - Would be great with your kids’ names, though you’re right that it doesn’t read as botanical. You might also get some “[name_f]Delphine[/name_f] LaLaurie” remarks if you’re in the US.

[name_f]Camellia[/name_f] - Another one that would be great with your kids’ names. Similar to [name_f]Ornella[/name_f], it’s a good mix of classic sounds while being unusual and striking as a name.

[name_f]Lavender[/name_f] - Yep, it’s too close to Larkspur. Maybe as a middle name?

[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] - I love it, but find it too close to [name_f]Maria[/name_f] with the matching beginnings and endings. Are you at all fond of nn form [name_f]Nola[/name_f]? [name_f]Nola[/name_f] has a similar “calm, sophisticated and mysterious” vibe to [name_f]Theda[/name_f].

[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] - Would be a great option if not for the horrible aunt in the [name_m]Harry[/name_m] [name_m]Potter[/name_m] series. I can’t picture anything else when I hear it, not even the flower!

Calendula - Very cool, but might be too cool. I think people know how to say Larkspur, but with Calendula it’s not as clear which syllable to emphasize. I’d keep it MN only.

And Belphoebe is a long-time love of mine that would be excellent with your kids’ names. Maybe you could use a botanical middle to link it to Larkspur?

Favorites for you: [name_f]Ornella[/name_f], [name_f]Camellia[/name_f], Belphoebe

My favorites are [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] and [name_f]Primrose[/name_f], as they have a similar level of quirkiness to Larkspur for me. I don’t think the repetitions of [name_f]Rose[/name_f] and [name_f]Mary[/name_f] are a big deal, since [name_f]Mary[/name_f] is so different in pronunciation in [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] is a separate plant from [name_f]Primrose[/name_f]. I like [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] but it is very similar to Larkspur with the same beginning and ending sounds. I also think [name_f]Hyacinth[/name_f] would be a good one to consider. It repeats “cinth” from [name_f]Cynthia[/name_f] but that could be a nice sisterly tie. [name_f]Hyacinth[/name_f] [name_f]Camille[/name_f]?

Such a gorgeous list of names! I have a weakness for more unusual floral names :slight_smile:
I wouldn’t worry about a first name being too similar to another child’s middle name. Maybe [name_f]Ornella[/name_f] is my favorite from your list; it’s so unexpected and interesting and lovely.

Here are some of my favorites in this category:

  • [name_f]Hyacinth[/name_f], as the previous poster mentioned; sooo pretty!
  • [name_f]Freesia[/name_f]; it has such an evocative, spirited feel to it.
  • Delphinium; which I know you considered but didn’t care for in its entirety: I love it with the nickname [name_u]Finn[/name_u]. If you’re not a nicknamer than I probably wouldn’t use it.
  • [name_f]Begonia[/name_f]; reminds me of [name_f]Petunia[/name_f], only I prefer it slightly.

[name_f]Camellia[/name_f]!!! It’s one of my favorites and so underused.

What about a gemstone name? [name_f]Amethyst[/name_f] would be SPECTACULAR with Larkspur. So would [name_f]Sapphire[/name_f].

This is so tough! I think [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] is my favorite. So delicate and lovely. Or [name_f]Delphine[/name_f]!

What about [name_f]Garnet[/name_f]? I like the idea of a gemstone name, as @bjoy suggested. [name_f]Garnet[/name_f] and Larkspur are both equally rich, and both have almost a mysterious, dreamy vibe imo. They are also both evocative of a color (blue/red respectively). [name_f]Opal[/name_f] would be nice, too.

[name_f]Garnet[/name_f] [name_f]Francine[/name_f]
[name_f]Opal[/name_f] [name_f]Francine[/name_f]
[name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] [name_f]Garnet[/name_f]
[name_f]Henrietta[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f]
[name_f]Garnet[/name_f] [name_f]Delilah[/name_f]
[name_f]Opal[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] [name_f]Garnet[/name_f]
[name_f]Agatha[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f]
[name_f]Garnet[/name_f] [name_f]Julia[/name_f]
[name_f]Opal[/name_f] [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f]

I love [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] with your girls’ names! It’s so sweet and floral, bridging the quirky garden style of Larkspur with the spunky vintage feel of [name_f]Maria[/name_f] and [name_f]Theda[/name_f].
It is very close to [name_f]Maria[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] - I pronounce them “muh-[name_f]REE[/name_f]-uh”, “[name_f]ROSE[/name_f]-muh-ree” and “AM-muh-RILL-iss”, so they all have the “muh” syllable, but judging from previous responses, it must be different in other accents. In either case, though, I actually don’t think it’s is a big problem - if anything, it would be a nice way to link the sisters’ names. My name shares a syllable with my sister’s, and it’s never been more than a nice connection.

I think [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f], [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] and [name_f]Primrose[/name_f] could all work too - the style is spot-on, and I’m sure that in a big family a little [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f], [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] or [name_f]Primrose[/name_f] would be able to make her name her own in spite of it being similar to her sister’s.

I’m afraid [name_f]Petunia[/name_f] is a bit too Aunt [name_f]Petunia[/name_f] for me. The flowers also aren’t my favourite. I prefer [name_f]Petal[/name_f], but that might be a little mawkish for you.

Would you consider [name_f]Fuchsia[/name_f]? It makes a wonderfully bright and characterful flower name.

Oh, what lovely options. I really like most of these but here are my favorites:

[name_f]Delphine[/name_f] - Ok, I’m a bit biased because I adore this name! I’m always delighted whenever I see her being considered. I do really like the subtle connection with Larkspur. The general public will not know the connection but it could a nice thing two sisters could share. I will say I’m surprised more people don’t associate [name_f]Delphine[/name_f] with Delphinium (especially name nerds), that’s one of my first associations with the name!

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - I don’t have a whole paragraph for this one but it’s so sweet! I’ve been actually falling for it lately, too! I really adore it with your other children’s names.

[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] - I have never heard of this before and it took my breath away! I am not too sure of it with your other kids names though. I think it could be a fabulous middle name, especially since your not thrilled with the nickname “[name_f]Nell[/name_f]”.

I also really like & think would work well:
[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] - Only thing that slightly bother’s me is the repeating letters/sounds as sister [name_f]Maria[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f].
[name_f]Lavender[/name_f] - Maybe a little close to Larkspur, however.

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] - It’s pretty and has a wonderful meaning but the -mary- thing would bother me.
[name_f]Primrose[/name_f] - Too repetitive, [name_f]IMO[/name_f].
Calendula - It’s okay, does not wow me. I could picture it as more of a middle name.
[name_f]Camellia[/name_f] - Super pretty but I just like your other options more. No real reservations about it though!
Belphoebe - Oh, I totally forgot about this name. I feel like people were mentioning it a lot a few years ago. It’s very pretty. I’m not sure about it as a first name (esp. with your set) but I could totally see it as a middle!

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] - I don’t think [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] is too “[name_f]Mary[/name_f]” to be a problem with your other girls (especially with the difference in pronunciation), but I do feel like she’s a little safe to match with Larkspur.

[name_f]Primrose[/name_f] - Again, a pretty name (and I don’t think that the similarity with [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] would be much of an issue), but I do feel like this name doesn’t match Larkspur’s unique qualities.

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - A lovely name, but still too “safe” imo.

[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] - [name_f]Ornella[/name_f] (and [name_f]Nell[/name_f]) is a standout name! ([name_f]Orinthia[/name_f] and [name_f]Orabella[/name_f] are a couple close suggestions).

[name_f]Delphine[/name_f] - [name_f]Delphine[/name_f] is nice but I always tend to think of the Oracle of [name_f]Delphi[/name_f] so it’s hard for me to see it as a standalone name.

[name_f]Camellia[/name_f] - I think this is a name that could connect the otherness of Larkspur with her siblings more classic chic names.

[name_f]Lavender[/name_f] - A beautiful name that matches Larkspur’s intensity and natural feel.

[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] - I think this is getting too close her some of the older sisters names.

[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] - I cannot get passed my own negative bias of this name to give a good opinion.

Calendula - This name feels oddly clunky to me, but it feels right with Larkspur.

Belphoebe - This is a gorgeous name that I think could easily bridge the gap between your children’s names.

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f]: I like [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f], but I also like [name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] and [name_f]Andromeda[/name_f] for long lush florals without the “mary” in them.

[name_f]Primrose[/name_f]: I love both [name_f]Primrose[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] but don’t think I would use both.

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]: What about the beautiful yellow flower Celandine? It’s a much better pair with Larkspur as far as quirky floral.

[name_f]Ornella[/name_f]: I like [name_f]Nell[/name_f] too, but I don’t like [name_f]Ornella[/name_f].

[name_f]Delphine[/name_f]: I love [name_f]Delphine[/name_f] and think it works.

[name_f]Camellia[/name_f]: I love [name_f]Camellia[/name_f]. And it’s a wonderful pair to Larkspur.

[name_f]Lavender[/name_f]: I like [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] but it feels too close to Larkspur.

[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]: [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] is pretty excellent.

[name_f]Petunia[/name_f]: I only like the flower that is also called [name_m]Wild[/name_m] [name_f]Petunia[/name_f] - Ruellia.

Calendula: Sweet, and [name_f]Callie[/name_f] is appealing. But I might also consider [name_f]Zinnia[/name_f].

Belphoebe is cool. I think I would consider something like [name_f]Camellia[/name_f] Belphoebe.

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] - because the ‘mary’ in [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] isn’t pronounced the same way as in your other children’s names, I don’t think it would be too much of a problem. If it’s really bothering you, you could use the variant spelling [name_f]Amarilis[/name_f]? I don’t think it’s as pretty, but it’s an option.

[name_f]Primrose[/name_f] - I personally think this one is too similar to [name_f]Theda[/name_f]'s middle name. It’s also too strongly linked to The Hunger Games for me, although it is a pretty name.

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - A lovely name, but I would still consider this a classic. If you’re wanting to match your new daughter’s name to Larkspur’s, I’m not sure this is the one for you.

[name_f]Ornella[/name_f] - I’ve never heard of this one before. It fits a little better with Larkspur, but I think it’s still leaning a little more to the classic side.

[name_f]Delphine[/name_f] - This is my favourite option for you! I personally really love [name_f]Delphine[/name_f], and the link with Larkspur’s name is an added bonus! I also think it bridges the stylistic differences between Larkspur and the more traditional [name_m]Hugo[/name_m], [name_m]Jasper[/name_m], [name_f]Theda[/name_f], [name_f]Maria[/name_f], and [name_m]Rupert[/name_m].

[name_f]Camellia[/name_f] - I also like this one, and I think it could work for you.

[name_f]Lavender[/name_f] - I worry this one might be seen as a little too linked to [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] [name_m]Brown[/name_m] from [name_m]Harry[/name_m] [name_m]Potter[/name_m].

[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] - A nice name, but its written form would be a little too similar to [name_f]Maria[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f] for me.

[name_f]Petunia[/name_f] - Like [name_f]Lavender[/name_f], too linked to [name_m]Harry[/name_m] [name_m]Potter[/name_m] for my liking.

Overall, [name_f]Delphine[/name_f] is my favourite option for you!